Anyone new to snorkeling or SCUBA is likely to come across many references to dry snorkels. In fact, they seem to be very popular among novice and veteran adventurers alike! But what's the difference between a wet vs. dry snorkel? What exactly makes a dry snorkel "dry"? A dry snorkel has a special mechanism called a float valve in the tube of the snorkel. The float valve seals the snorkel tube if it becomes completely submerged. This might happen if you take a dive or a large wave rolls over … [Read more...] about Wet Vs. Dry Snorkel: What’s the Difference? (With Diagrams!)
You'll find all my posts related to snorkeling here. Most of these articles target beginners, but I like to challenge my readers. That means even experienced snorkelers could learn something new! The articles include gear and clothing guides, reviews, tutorials, and techniques.
The frameless mask is a design that has long been popular with freedivers and spearfishers. However, as those extreme sports have increased in popularity, so too have the specialized gear they use. Specialized designs for masks that were once niche and obscure, such as the low-volume profile and the frameless design, can now be found at almost any dive shop! This trend has left many SCUBA divers and snorkelers wondering what the hype is all about. What's the difference between framed and … [Read more...] about The Difference Between Framed and Frameless Masks (Pros and Cons)
(Styles, features, recommendations) Look awesome and avoid leg cramps on your trip by choosing the right pair! Looking to buy your own snorkeling equipment? Awesome! Your underwater adventures are going to level up over everyone else who's renting! I’ve already covered how to choose a mask and snorkel that suits your face and ability. So today, let’s talk all about the best snorkeling fins for beginners! When was the last time you had to buy a pair of shoes? And not just any old … [Read more...] about Ideal Snorkeling Fins for Beginners
What to look for and recommendations (operators, programs, locales) How did you come to love snorkeling? If your first time snorkeling is coming up, what made you decide to try it? Was it to check out the beauty of coral reefs first-hand while you still have the chance? Or perhaps it was to see a whale shark with your own two eyes? I bet your reasons for choosing snorkeling have at least something to do with experiencing the majesty of ocean ecosystems and sea life. That was … [Read more...] about A Quick Guide to Eco-Snorkeling Tours
One quick test to find out if your snorkeling tour operator deserves your business! The world seems to get more complicated every year, doesn’t it? When it comes to the choices we make as consumers, it’s stressful to always be wondering if we are making the healthiest, most ethical choices. How was my seafood caught? Were the workers who made my new jeans paid and treated fairly? Do I need to worry about pesticides on these fresh berries? The same kinds of questions also apply to … [Read more...] about Ethical Snorkeling: Does Your Snorkel Tour Put Ocean Conservation First?